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Cook County Hospital
1835 W. Harrison St.,
Chicago (Cook County)




Although this building has appeared on the “Ten Most” list on three occasions (2001, 2003, and 2004), the jury felt it again merited special recognition due to the ongoing public debate over its future. This two-block long structure, dating to 1913-16, was designed by Paul Gerhardt and Richard Schmidt.  


In addition to its impressive Beaux Arts-style façade, the building’s history includes numerous medical advances, including the first blood bank, indigent care, and modern emergency room procedures. The building was vacated in late-2002 and was scheduled to be demolished until advocacy efforts convinced the Cook County Board to delay demolition. Its fate, however, remains uncertain.


Read About the Efforts to Save Cook Country Hospital
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